The rap against short stories is they don't sell anymore. But I agree with you: that's no reason not to write them. You have to master small, single compositions before taking on a complex project with multiple threads like a novel. Unless you're J. K. Rowling, and a whole seven-volume epic just writes itself in your head. None of us is J. K. Rowling.Try writing some short story before you commit to some huge project. Just to see if your writing is good enough.
Did i say i was doing this for money? if i did then it was by accident, i just take this as a hobby, and to put my ideas on paper is what i like to do.Ugh, why does all come down to money? Short stories are way better place to start as a writer that a big novel. Craftsmanship first, and perhaps a hobby can someday become a profession.
Admittedly there are lots of writers that earn shitload of money despite the fact they don't know a thing about writing...
Finally, I found someone else who doesn't much care for Game of Thrones. I forced myself through the first and second season of the show without much care and I read half of the first book before giving up and deciding to read the Witcher books instead. Say what you will of the english translations for those, I enjoyed them much more.@eliharel
I'll take the easy one first. Even if Tolkien were not a genius, he devoted his life as totally as anyone ever could to the study of languages and early English literature. He wrote with a high purpose and great plan. Learn from him, then do not imitate him. If you are not the next Tolkien, attempting to write like he did will merely show that you are not.
OK, my opinion of G. R. R. Martin is controversial and probably not welcome here. But my opinion is that he is not merely not a good writer; he is a truly bad one. He embarked on A Song of Ice and Fire without any idea how to sustain a work of significant scope and length. He has no ability to work with editors or edit his own work. His work has no foundation in any theory of dramatic literature, nor does he write to make any kind of point. Criticisms that he makes a fetish of violence and violent sex are misplaced: the truth is he has no ability to do that well enough to be criticized for it; he has no real ability to characterize or portray the thoughts or passions of real people. They are only little clockworks, like the intro to HBO's Game of Thrones. There is nothing about his work that anybody should seek to read with the intention of learning from or following.
All this is by now far off topic, except as it may serve as advice not to start one's literary career by attempting to compose an epic. There is much of the writer's craft and trade to learn before doing so.
I do write notes from time to time in my native language (I can't really tell where i from for security sake) so it could be easier to remember, and then transform the notes into one chapter.I'm not a writer. But I think there are a lot of very bad and very popular authors out there like Guy just pointed out. So don't try to be like them.
One aspect I personally value from good literature is the ability to convey or describe complex situations with elaborate ramifications in only the sufficient and necessary words to do so. Don't go overboard and don't add filling just to make your work longer. Don't ramble, make every word count. The ramifications will unleash in the reader's mind as a result of good writing.
A master of this is Jorge Luis Borges (also a master of many other things). A 15 pages long short story by Borges is longer, wider, deeper and more transcendental than anything most writers out there could achieve in 100 pages. Authors master, bend and dominate language in absurdly powerful ways. Of course you can't be Borges and should not try, but learn from him.
I was surprised to hear you say there's no word for honor in your language (no idea which it is) but all languages are equipotent: they all can potentially represent the same concepts. So if there's not one word, use two. Or use another one. Or introduce a character with the traits of honor you like and name honor after him. Some authors are notorious for introducing their own words... And it works! You don't always have to be obvious, make the reader think a little.
I'm a reader though, not a writer. But I thought I'd share part of what I think makes an author worth reading.
Well first of all, thank you
It means "on topic."Well first of all, thank you
Second, what means OT?
Now unrelated question, because it may seem to be really awkward: Is it worth reading the witcher series? because i never got the chance to do so...
Oh one last thing, i may put the short stories afterwards here, and could criticize me later on, if you want of course...
What about Russian translation? (Just one of the languages i know) any opinion about that?@TheWhiteBleidd
The witcher saga is good, period. But the English translation is so bland you would be missing a huge portion of it, based on subtle language inflections.
Since the events themselves are interesting, I suppose for that reason alone it does not matter what translation you read. But a good translation really shows Sapkowski's writing skills, which I suppose is something you'd be interested in.
I guess it could go either way
Is what got me to make that other thread. http://forums.cdprojektred.com/threads/16491-The-state-of-the-english-translationsEnglish translation is so bland you would be missing a huge portion of it, based on subtle language inflections.
You seem to be in love with the book you're writing and with your projects. Keep going and if you want to share anything, I'd be glad to read and give you my humble feedback.Hello, so i guess the title says it all...you probably not interested because i'm not a professional write like the witcher series writer, but i found it interesting to try, i already had several ideas, which is why i said "series" on the title, currently i have planned a trilogy, but i probably will have more later on in the progress, anyway already begun writing it all, trying to put mature, choices in it, consequences etc...
I already made a huge progress and i boosted it so i could finish the first one before the end of the summer.
I'm probably boring you all, and you're not interested in the whole written above.
The community here is huge i must say, and i wanted to share this for a bit, maybe someone will be interested in this. :hmm:
Just a little note, i don't know why i'm writing this right now, i posted a thread about this on AJSA, some people seemed to be thrilled with my ideas and the whole book thing, the idea became a little popular and they wanted to help me, which is why i'm able now to boost this book so quick that after few full days i may even finish it, or at least the draft version of it.
I hope the community is approving this whole thread, because it doesn't really relate to the witcher although it inspired me a bit, but i hope the community is very welcoming.
Thank you for reading and your time, if you have any questions about this project, let me know, and i'll do my best to answer them.
Seeing these, I realize that I'd better look closely at just how that eagle is flying. Gash, incise, rip? I don't think so. Shear? Maybe. Let's hold on to "sheared". Slash? No, the way a falcon flies would slash the sky. But not an eagle. Slice? That's what I was thinking when I started, but "sliced", which ends in a hard "d", almost a "t", scans more poorly than "cut": too long, same break, but the stretched-out word before the break is now weaker. Slit, saw, cleave, rive, now we're getting silly. But "sheared" is not a bad start. Now we have "An eagle cut the sky" and "an eagle sheared the sky". Keep them both; see how they fit with the rest of the sentence.to penetrate with a sharp edge (as a knife) <I cut my hand on a piece of broken glass>
Synonyms gash, incise, rip, shear, slash, slice, slit
Related Words crosscut, hacksaw, saw, scissor; cleave, rive, split; pierce, stab; bruise, butcher, hack, haggle, lacerate, mangle; rend, tear; carve, chip, chisel, notch; anatomize, dissect, section; chop, dice, mince; amputate, cut off, sever
That's my feeling exactly. I don't understand what his point is really. May be because he has none? He probably attempts to belong to the fantasy realism genre (rather than high fantasy one), but somehow he fails with that, but I can't exactly formulate how.nor does he [G. R. R. Martin] write to make any kind of point
He has said he was inspired by the Wars of the Roses and The Accursed Kings (which tells of the French houses of Capet and Valois). These may be good history, but the task of making drama of the often-pointless cruelty of the Wars of the Roses has defeated far better writers than he.That's my feeling exactly. I don't understand what his point is really. May be because he has none? He probably attempts to belong to the fantasy realism genre (rather than high fantasy one), but somehow he fails with that, but I can't exactly formulate how.
I agree with you, of course, but i have something to add: good writing skills does not only mean the way the writer express something. It's the plot too, the way he builds up the story. And this can't be ruined by the translation.
She was walking through an endless, desert plain. An eagle seemed to be cutting the gray sky, in which there were red fissures that sometimes would hid behind dark and heavy clouds. That was an apocalyptic sky, something that frightened and fascinated humans for generations. The eagle could see her walking slowly - her long white dress stirred by the cold wind. Far away, miles from where she was, there was a magnificent building. It was the Parthenon - untouched by the time and atop a high hill. She knew she had to get there and it was a long walk - miles of dark land and icy wind. But three steps later she was already inside the building, which now was not the Parthenon anymore, but a maze made of big gray stones with endless corridors, galleries and courtyards. She knew where she was now and she walked for a long time within those corridors until she found the creature. She wasn't afraid - or at least the fear inside her seemed paralyzed.
"Asterion", she babbled . He turned to her and stared at her eyes; he was there to free her from all evil. He slowly approached her, beating his hooves against the cold floor in a slow and heavy rhythm. He raised his ax with both hands. She was calm. She saw the iron shining against the moonlight and found it beautiful. She closed her eyes, waiting.
She woke up. She looked at Mateo and he was watching her.
“You were dreaming , weren't you”?, he asked.
“I've just died in a dream”.
“How is it to die in a dream?”